Last Friday, on HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher framed the Second Amendment as composed by the Framers for the purpose of controlling slaves.
Drawing on a Daily Kos write-up of an annotated Constitution produced by The New York Times and available only in print, Maher apparently quoted historian Garry Wills:
Because [Garry Wills] says the Second Amendment “shows just how far the poison of slavery pervaded the Constitution. It was intended to protect slaveholders who used militias to keep a firm grip on their slaves. It wasn’t meant to let individuals prevent federal tyranny. How could it? It was meant to guarantee the legality of well-regulated militias to handle the states’ internal problems, especially the problem of a large slave population.”
Americans broadly applied double standards in their perceptions of mass murderers of varying racial backgrounds, claimed Maher, who also connected Islam to race:
I know it drives Republicans crazy when liberals say everything is about race and everything isn’t about race. But I feel like guns is the one area where, if you can’t see a giant difference between the way black and white are treated in America with guns, I think there’s a little racism in you. I mean, show the Roy Moore video. Here’s a politician waving a gun at a rally. Could you get away with doing that?
There you go. And the Vegas shooter himself, you know, it seems like when the shooter — if he was Muslim, certainly it would have been about, “Let’s — we got to get the ban going.” If he was a Mexican, it would be about the wall. And I feel like, when it’s the white guy, it’s like, “We don’t know how this happened.” But they don’t, you know, we don’t —
I feel like it never gets to be an isolated incident if you’re a minority. They always drag in the, you know, and this guy was from a broken home, his father was a criminal, you know, that would be big on Fox News, I feel like.
Maher’s guest panelists — all left-wing Democrats (MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt and Harold Ford Jr., and New York Magzine‘s Olivia Nuzzi) — all agreed with his broader indictment of American society.
Watch Maher’s comments below.
H/T Brad Wilmouth at NewsBusters.
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